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Anything more in-depth than task manager?


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#1 RB_Kandy

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 06:09 PM

My aunt's laptop is locking up, and running really slow. First thing I did was ctrl+alt+del to go to task manager. Sure enough, something is periodically running the CPU at 90% to 100%.

The problem is, it's not showing me the actual process that is doing it. Aligning processes by CPU usage puts task manager at about 5 to 20 percent. And everything else at 0 to 1 percent. So how is the total reported CPU at 100 percent?

I can only imagine there is some sort of hidden process?

Is there something trusted that can more accurately report the process that is running up the CPU on a win7 computer?

And yes, google is my friend, and will give me a hundred "better than task manager" free programs. But I won't know which is legit and which is some spyware/trojan/scam. So if anyone knows of a trusted software that isn't going to infect my computer. Thanks in advance.



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#2 Sintharius

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 06:20 PM

You can use Sysinternals' Process Explorer or Process Hacker.

Personally I use Process Explorer and monitors CPU and memory use via the built-in graph.

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 06:40 PM

Total reported CPU includes System Idle Process...which is a misnomer, since it represents lack of activity by the system.  It's the MS way of saying that you have this percentage of your system resources that are not being taxed, at the moment.  Generally, the higher the number for System Idle, the more resources you have available in your system...that are not being used, which is a good thing.

 

Is that included in your list you review via Task Manager?

 

I don't monitor my system much and Task Manager is fine for me...but the utilities mentioned by Alex are probably the two I've seen mentioned most by those who do monitor heavily.

 

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Should have asked this before...but what are you looking at for your total reported CPU usage?


Edited by hamluis, 02 June 2015 - 06:59 PM.


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 07:01 PM

In task manager under performance on the lower left click Resource Monitor, you can see what is eating what.


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 07:05 PM

Obviously you have an issue that may some work finding, IMO start another post in the appropriate section to get some help.  Post your system specs and a brief description of the problem.


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 07:15 PM

Alternative Replacements for Windows Task Manager:- AnVir TaskManager Free will allow you to replace Windows Task Manager under Options > Properties.
- System Explorer will allow you to set it as the default Task Manager under Options > General tab.
- Process Explorer will allow you to replace Task Manager under Options.
- Process Hacker will allow you to replace Task Manager under Options > Advanced tab.
- MiTeC Task Manager will allow you to replace Task Manager by clicking the Task Manager Deluxe drop down box at the top.
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Posted 02 June 2015 - 07:54 PM

To see everything you might have to press the botton left button/checkbox 'show all users', and now that will include system users system, local service, network service. From there you can click on the service to highlight it, then right click and choose 'go to services'. The task manager will now switch to the 'services' tab, but it will still be highlighting the service that was highlighted in the previous window. That will reveal the service and the pid. Alternative programs are nice and show everything at once, but not necessary.






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